Carl Anthony, Coordinator of Theory Program

Paul Dickinson

Stefanie Dickinson



Bachelor of Music in Composition

Master of Music in Music Theory




In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a satisfactory score on the UCA music theory entrance exam are required to be accepted into the theory or composition program.


The objectives of the Bachelor of Music in Composition program are to 1) provide students with the highest possible level of artistry in developing compositions from concept to finished product; 2) provide students with the ability to write and speak intelligently about their music, placing it in different musical, social, cultural and historical contexts; and 3) equip students with the skills necessary to present their work in a public recital or concert.


Composition students will 1) compose works in a variety of media, styles and forms; 2) create musical scores with notation and scoring appropriate to particular compositions; 3) discuss their works in classes, and other public forums, and write program notes for their pieces; 4) engage performers; then coach, rehearse, or conduct them in preparation of a public performance.


BM in Composition Application Requirements


Students must first apply and audition to be accepted into the BA in Music.  [See Audition Requirements here.]  Then, those interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition should notify the Composition faculty during the first semester of the freshman year, take MUS 2233 Composition Class in the spring of the freshman year, and submit an audition portfolio of two or three pieces for different media at the end of the freshman year.  Successful completion of MUS 2233 with a grade of A or B, and a satisfactory audition are required for admission to the program.


BM in Composition Curriculum (132 hours total)


Applied Music (29 hours):  Major applied (20 hours); minor applied (instr./vocal) (8 hours); senior recital (1 hour).

Theory (30 hours):  MUS 1230, 1231, 1232, 1233, 2210, 2233, 2430, 2431, 3201, 3210, 3230, 4210, 4215.

History and Literature (9 hours):  MUS 1340, 3302, 3303.

Ensembles and Piano (8 hours):  Large Ensembles (6 hours); piano class (MUS 2133, 2134).

Electives (12 hours).

General Education Courses, 44 hours.


For detailed information, please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin, or contact Dr. Paul Dickinson.



–Core degree requirements (9 hours)


* Core degree requirements for all concentrations (9 hours):


Music Theory (3)

Music History (3)

Music Research and Bibliography (3)


* Diagnostic examinations to be given during the first week of graduate study in music theory and music history;

* Completion of piano proficiency exam for the area of concentration.


–Core Credits for Theory Major (12 hours)


Music Theory Courses (6)

Music Theory Pedagogy I (3)

Music Theory Pedagogy II (3)


–Research (6 hours)


Thesis I (3)

Thesis II (3)


–Other (7 hours)


Ensembles (2)

Applied (2)

Electives (in Music) (3)


NOTE: A thesis is required for the master’s program in theory.


For detailed information, pleas refer to Graduate Bulletin.